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Waioli Beach Park

Located at about the midpoint of the two-mile-long, crescent-shaped Hanalei Bay, Waioli Beach Park is a popular gathering place with a wide, white-sand beach and fronted by a large grassy lawn and plenty of shady areas for relaxing. The waves are often good for surfing along this stretch of beach and the main surfing area […]

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Wailua Beach

Located on Wailua Bay along Kauai’s eastern shore, Wailua Beach is a beautiful stretch of white sand about 1/2-mile long and up to 100 feet wide. This windward beach is part of Wailua River State Park and includes the river mouth of the huge Wailua River. There is no protective reef offshore and the beach […]

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Tunnels Beach

Tunnels beach on Kauai is great for snorkeling & surfing

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Shipwreck Beach

This 1/2 mile-long white sand beach on Kauai’s south side is named after a wooden boat wreck that graced the shoreline for many years before it was finally destroyed and buried by Hurricane Iwa in 1982. Shipwreck Beach is known as a good bodyboarding beach and also frequented by surfers though the conditions are typically […]

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Secret Beach

This long and pristine white sand beach is one of Kauai’s prettiest beaches with pristine waters bordered by steep cliffs. Adding to the very picturesque setting of this secluded beach are the scenic views of the north shore coastline including Kilauea Lighthouse as well as the rocky Mokuaeae islet which is the northernmost point in […]

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Salt Pond Beach Park

Located in a relatively well-protected cove on Kauai’s western shore, Salt Pond Beach is a crescent beach set between two rock outcroppings connected by a natural lava rock ridge that creates a small lagoon. This lagoon provides a nice swimming area for very small children. The beach has reddish-golden sand and is frequented by local […]

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Rock Quarry Beach

Rock Quarry Beach is a popular local surfing beach located on Kauai’s north shore within a somewhat protected bay. The Kilauea stream empties into this bay. A large sandbar formed by the mouth of the Kilauea River creates a calm area, however, the bay itself is not protected by any offshore reef so it is […]

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Puu Poa Beach

Fronting Princeville’s elegant St. Regis hotel on the north shore, Puu Poa Beach has nice white sand and shallow offshore waters that are protected by a coral reef. Swimming and snorkeling are good in these shallow waters where you can find some nice sandy spots, but avoid the water during winter swells and times of […]

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Poipu Beach

This relatively safe swimming beach on Kauai’s sunny south shore is one of the island’s most popular beaches. The beach is about 3 miles long and 100 feet wide providing plenty of room for tourists as well as many locals who come to Poipu to enjoy the sparkling white sand beach and ride the waves […]

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Nukolii Beach Park

Also called Kawailoa Beach and sometimes Kauai Beach, this two-mile stretch of white sand beach is the longest beach on the east shore of Kauai. The nearshore waters are shallow and somewhat rocky providing only fair swimming. Snorkeling and scuba diving can be excellent when the water is calm. Fishing is also good in this […]

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Mahaulepu Beach

Considered a living museum and heritage site, Mahaulepu is a scenic, secluded beach that is a great day hike on Kauai’s south shore. This area is home to many endangered Hawaiian species and is also very important in Hawaii’s history and culture. A great deal of scientific research has occurred here including excavations of ancient species […]

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Lydgate Beach

A very safe and protected east shore beach, Lydgate Beach is nice for families with kids. With nice swimming and snorkeling areas as well as a wonderful community playground nearby, Lydgate is one of Kauai’s most popular beach parks. The long, white sand beach features a large protected area which is the result of the […]

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Lumahai Beach

Located just around the bend from Hanalei Bay, this huge stretch of deep and very white sand actually consists of two beaches. The first is the large expanse of Lumahai Beach near the Lumahai River, and the second is the far eastern end of the beach that is somewhat separated from the main beach and […]

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Lawai Beach

A relatively narrow and small, sandy beach, Lawai Beach Park can sometimes disappear altogether when big waves pound the shore but when the water is calm this is a lovely beach and also one of the south shore’s best snorkeling spots. Lawai Beach is sometimes called Beach House because it is located right next to […]

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Kekaha Beach Park

A beautiful, long stretch of white sand on southwestern Kauai, Kekaha Beach is great for a sunbathing or for a long walk on a seemingly endless beach. Kekaha is not the best swimming beach, however, because it is exposed to the open ocean with no protecting reef offshore. When strong longshore currents are running they […]

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Kee Beach

Kee Beach, Kauai is one of Hawaii’s most striking beaches and the beginning of the popular hiking trail to Hanakapiai and Kalalau.

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Kealia Beach

This sparkling white sand beach located along Hwy. 56 in Kapaa on Kauai’s eastern shore is popular among local surfers and bodyboarders though the conditions can be challenging for beginners. Kealia Beach is about 1/2-mile long and about 150 feet wide, providing lots of room for relaxing and sunbathing. The north end of the beach […]

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Kalihiwai Beach

Warning: This beach is popular with locals. Have respect. Located on scenic Kalihiwai Bay on Kauai’s north shore near Kilauea town, Kalihiwai Beach offers calm water for swimming during the summer months and is a popular surfing beach during winter. The beach area is bordered by lava cliffs while ironwood trees along the shore provide […]

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Kalapaki Beach

This lovely crescent of white sand slopes gently into the water making it a great swimming beach that is well visited by locals as well as tourists. About 1/3-mile long and quite wide, Kalapaki Beach fronts the Kauai Marriott Resort & Beach Club and is located in a somewhat protected cove that opens to Nawiliwili […]

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Hanalei Beach Park Pavilion

Hanalei Bay is a beautiful 2-mile long crescent of white sand nestled beneath a beautiful range of mountains lined with waterfalls. Hanalei Beach Park Pavilion is the next beach over from the pier and is fronted by a large grass lawn. There is a lifeguard station at this beach and the waters are usually safe […]

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Haena Beach Park

Scenic Popular North Shore Beach – Gateway to Na Pali This scenic and popular north shore beach has white sand, nice mountain views, pristine aquamarine water, and a large grassy area fronting the beach. Trees provide plenty of shady places to relax and there are picnic tables and full facilities for camping. Haena Beach isn’t […]

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Donkey Beach

A lovely and secluded east shore beach, Donkey Beach requires about a ten-minute walk from the parking lot to reach the water. The shoreline is rocky in areas with one very nice stretch of sand, and trees line the beach providing plenty of places to relax. While Donkey Beach is great for sunbathing and relaxing, […]

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Black Pot Beach Park

A popular local gathering place, Black Pot park is often filled with Kauai families on the weekend. They set up tents and tarps for their picnic areas, fire up the barbecues, and spend the weekend enjoying the beach and enjoying each other’s company. The large grass lawn fronting the beach at Black Pot has plenty […]

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Anini Beach

Located on Kauai’s beautiful north shore, 3-mile-long Anini Beach is a protected and safe beach for children. A fringing reef runs offshore along this whole stretch of coastline providing a beautiful stretch of pristine blue water. Kamani trees line the shoreline providing plenty of shady areas. Anini Beach is a great spot for beginning windsurfers […]

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Anahola Beach Park

A protective offshore reef makes Anahola Beach good for swimming except during times of high surf. The white sandy beach is about .5 miles long and surrounded by ironwood trees that provide plenty of shady areas for relaxing. The reef provides good snorkeling and scuba diving opportunities and the nearshore waters have some good pockets […]

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Sandy Cove

This western Molokai beach is quite secluded and also relatively well protected from the open ocean. The beach is a mixture of rock and sand and is located next to Hale O Lono Harbor where the annual Molokai to Oahu Outrigger Canoe race begins. Other than the canoe racers, this whole area is somewhat secluded […]

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Sandy Beach

This small beach on east Molokai is partially protected by an offshore reef which provides good snorkeling and diving as well as nice swimming when the sea is calm. The ease of entry into the sea and the gentle water make Sandy Beach popular with families that have small children. Currents may run near the […]

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Pukoo Beach

Pukoo Beach consists of two beaches with the one on the east having clear blue water and a sandy seafloor, while the water at the western beach is sometimes a bit cloudy. A coral reef offshore provides good snorkeling opportunities. Great For Swimming and snorkeling are good here when the sea is calm. Highlights Scenic […]

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Pohaku Mauliuli Beach

Located along Molokai’s western shore, two separate beaches here include one that has more sand and is somewhat secluded and one that is fronted by tidepools. A small bluff separates these two beaches along this rocky and sandy shoreline. The beach is next to a large cinder cone called Pohaku Mauliuli (Black Rock). Because this […]

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Papohaku Beach Park

Papohaku Beach Park – Hawaii’s longest white sand beach

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One Alii Beach Park

Sunbathing is nice at One Alii Beach Park where there are two beaches called One Alii I and One Alii II. Swimming is not great since the beach is narrow and comprised mostly of rock and coral without a lot of sand. However, this is a great place for a picnic or just relaxing and […]

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Honouli Maloo Beach

This partially protected bay on Molokai’s eastern coastline provides a nice sandy beach that is good for snorkeling and swimming. Honouli Maloo Bay is located between Sandy Beach and Murphy’s Beach and is known as a good surfing beach. Great For Snorkeling, swimming, surfing, and diving are good here but only when the ocean is […]

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Murphy’s Beach

An offshore reef provides protection for this coconut palm-lined beach along Molokai’s eastern coastline. The shallow and crystal clear nearshore waters are nice for wading, snorkeling and swimming when the sea is calm but should be should not be entered during times of high surf. The beach is sandy with some rocky areas. Great For […]

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Moomomi Beach

This important Hawaiian cultural area is situated on the northwestern coastline of Molokai and includes three separate beach areas known as Kawaaloa, Keonelele, and Moomomi. The region is managed by the Nature Conservancy of Hawaii which offers informational guided tours. The small white-sand beach is on the east corner of the bay. The nearshore waters […]

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Kiowea Beach

This is a nice beach for relaxing and enjoying the scenery though it isn’t the best swimming beach due to the expanses of mud-flats around this portion of Molokai. The nearshore waters are sandy and rocky, and also very shallow. To the west of the beach is Kapuiwa Royal Coconut Grove that covers about ten […]

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Kepuhi Beach

This long and wide sandy beach along Molokai’s western coast is the main beach for the Kaluakoi Resort. The shoreline is a mixture of sand and rock. While summer waters at Kepuhi can be quite pleasant it isn’t the best swimming beach due to the rocky seascape. Despite less than ideal swimming conditions, however, this […]

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Kaupoa Beach

Located on the west coast of Molokai, Kaupoa Beach is a picture-perfect postcard beach with palm trees and gentle breezes for a classic Hawaiian beach experience. Kaupoa Beach consists of two crescents of fine white sand divided by a rock outcropping. The water is typically very clear and blue, and swimming and snorkeling are good […]

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Kakahaia Beach Park

Located on the south coast of Molokai, Kakahaia is a 42-acre beach park nice for birdwatching or picnicking though not a good swimming beach due to the rocky, shallow seafloor. Fishermen also frequent this beach which is part of a bird sanctuary and the Kakahaia National Wildlife Refuge. Great For Picnics, fishing, birdwatching. Highlights This […]

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Hale O Lono Beach

This small, south Molokai beach is popular among fisherman though is not great for snorkeling or swimming beach because the seafloor is somewhat rocky. The beach is long and narrow. Located nearby is Hale O Lono Harbor which is the starting point of the annual Molokai to Oahu Outrigger Canoe Race. Great For Fishing, whale […]

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Halawa Beach Park

The two nice swimming beaches called Kawili (on the right) and Kamalaea (on the left) are located in Halawa Bay along Molokai’s eastern shore. While Kawili is a bit rocky and more exposed, Kamaalaea is a pleasant curving beach with fine white sand (Halawa means “Curve”) that gently slopes into the sea. Halawa Beach Park […]

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Dixie Maru Cove

This southwestern Molokai beach is located at the head of a small bay surrounded by outcroppings of lava on Kapukahehu Bay. The small crescent of white sand of Dixie Maru Cove is relatively well protected from the open sea by a fringing coral reef. This beach was named after the Japanese sailboat called Dixie Maru […]

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Naha Beach

This east Lanai beach is not a great swimming beach due to its shallow and rocky ocean bottom though there are a few pockets of sand that allow you to enjoy the water. Most visitors to Naha are fishermen, and indeed this area was once the site of a fishing village. Also located at Naha […]

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Manele Bay Beach

This small yet charming white-sand beach on the south coast of Lanai is situated at the east end of beautiful Manele Bay, which also contains the island’s only public harbor and the place where you can take the ferry to Maui. The seafloor is mostly sand and gravel and the beach is surrounded by rocky […]

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Keomuku Beach

This remote northeast Lanai beach is six miles long and protected by a wide offshore reef that is one of Hawaii’s longest fringing reefs. Keomuku Beach is very remote and secluded and is actually a series of cobblestone and black sand beaches with clear blue water. The beaches are mostly rocky though there are some […]

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Kahemano Beach

This long, winding beach on east Lanai is frequented by local fishermen though it is not a great swimming beach because of the shallow, rocky ocean floor. The sand includes a mixture of coral rubble. Kiawe trees overhanging the right side of the beach provide some shade. Great For Fishing, sunbathing, beachcombing, exploring. Highlights Kahemano […]

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Huawai Bay Beach

This south Lanai beach isn’t very big but it is quite secluded, backed by sea cliffs. The salt-and-pepper sand borders numerous tidepool areas along a shelf of lava. The beach is surrounded by sea cliffs, and perched above Huawai Bay is the Challenge at Manele Golf Course that was designed by Jack Nicklaus. Huawai Bay […]

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Polihua Beach

This long and wide white-sand beach stretches for more than 1.5 miles along Lanai’s northwest coastline providing a nice view of the island of Molokai. If you squint you can even see Diamond Head on Oahu. Polihua is a wonderful beach for a walk or even a picnic (if the winds aren’t blowing too strong). […]

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Lopa Beach

In addition to a lovely, long white-sand beach, this somewhat secluded and remote area of east Lanai is designated as a bird sanctuary and is the site of the Loko Lapa Fishpond dating to ancient times. Unfortunately, Lopa Beach is not a good swimming beach due to the ocean currents and topography of the seafloor […]

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Shark’s Cove

This white sandy cove is located adjacent to Shark’s Bay with the two being divided only by a rock outcropping. Shark’s Cove is a nice spot for quiet relaxation or a private picnic, but like Shark’s Bay, this isn’t the best swimming beach because the ocean floor is quite rocky and strong currents often flow […]

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Shark’s Bay

This sandy and relatively well-protected cove are bordered by lava rock. The red lava jutting out between Shark’s Bay and Hulopoe Beach provides nice views of Lanai’s seacoast in both directions, and about 150 feet offshore is a Puu Pehu, also known as Sweetheart Rock, jutting some 80 feet up from the ocean. Shark’s Bay […]

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Hulopoe Beach

Hulopoe Beach – named America’s Best Beach by Dr. Beach

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Waipio Beach

Located along the Big Island’s scenic Hamakua Coast, Waipio Valley is the southernmost and largest of seven large valleys on the windward side of the Big Island’s Kohala Mountains. Waipio was home to Hawaiian royalty in ancient times and today the secluded beach is a great place to relax. Cliffs rise thousands of feet from […]

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Laupahoehoe Point Park

This beach park is situated on a peninsula of lava that just out from the northern coastline of the Big Island, creating a very scenic area that is well worth the drive off the main thoroughfare. A large lawn provides a nice place to relax. A plaque at Laupahoehoe Point Park memorializes the 24 people […]

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Leleiwi Beach Park

Leleiwi Beach just southeast of Hilo includes several inlets, coves, and natural ponds as well as tidepools in the lava rocks. This beach is a popular snorkeling location due to the nearshore coral reef and the variety of marine life that can be seen here including Hawaiian green sea turtles and even spinner dolphins. Bodyboarders […]

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Punaluu Beach

This classic Hawaiian black sand beach includes a palm-lined freshwater fishpond. The jet black sand on the beach (true black, not gray or salt-and-pepper) was created when the molten lava from Kilauea Volcano flowed into the cool sea causing the lava to break apart into tiny fragments that later washed up on the beach. Plenty […]

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Green Sand Beach

This green sand beach near South Point, the southernmost tip of the island, is located in a small cove at the base of a huge cinder cone called Puu O Mahana. The striking green sand of Green Sand Beach, also called Mahana Beach and Papakolea Beach, is the result of olivine deposits in the nearby […]

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Hookena Beach Park

This family-friendly beach at the north end of Kauhako Bay on the South Kona coast is frequented by young children who enjoy the small surf and tide pools. The beach sand is composed of lava sand and fine gray coral. Snorkeling is best on the left side of Hookena Beach. This area was a boat […]

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Kamakahonu Beach

This white sand beach is centrally located in downtown Kailua-Kona between Kailua Pier and King Kamehameha Hotel. “King Kam” Beach is family-friendly, frequented by young children who enjoy the calm and relatively well-protected waters and gentle wave action. There are also shady areas to relax, and the cove waters are popular among recreational swimmers. Locals […]

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Aiopio Beach

These two beaches are located not far from Kona town. Protected by a large offshore reef, Aiopio Beach is fun for kids who often play in the tidepools within the sandy inlet, and there are plenty of shady areas for relaxing. As part of the Kaloko-Honokohau National Historic Park, Aiopio Beach is rich in archaeological […]

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